Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Hearing Aid

We take our hearing for granted, cranking the earbuds too loud, standing too close to speakers at a concert, or not taking proper precautions when working with loud equipment. 

And the toll is too often hearing loss, especially as we age.

Below are some basics and questions to have in hand before you go in search of the best hearing aid for you.

The basics to know:
A medical examination is required before purchasing a hearing aid. Hearing aids can be purchased from: 
  • an otolaryngologist (a doctor who specializes in disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck), 
  • an audiologist (a specialist who can evaluate and manage hearing and balance problems), or 
  • an independent company. 
Styles and prices vary widely. 
Questions to ask:
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders recommends asking the following questions when buying hearing aids:
  • Can the hearing loss be improved with medical or surgical interventions?
  • Which design will work best for my type of hearing loss?
  • May I "test" the hearing aids for a certain period?
  • How much do hearing aids cost?
  • Do the hearing aids have a warranty and does it cover maintenance and repairs?
  • Can my audiologist or otolaryngologist make adjustments and repairs?
  • Can any other assistive technological devices be used with the hearing aids?

How GMC Can Help

Explore the various types of hearing aids, check if you’re a candidate for hearing aids and get tips on wearing a hearing aid at our Health (e) Library online.Or start your quest for better hearing with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist, or ENT). Find an ENT near you at


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